Wendel Pieper, 87, of Clara City, died Thursday, June 4, 2020, at Clara City Care Center. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, at 2 at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. A private family service was held prior to the graveside services and streamed on the local Clara City channel and the church facebook page. Arrangements with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home of Clara City.
Wendel George Pieper was born July 23, 1932, the son of George and Trientje (Gerdes) Pieper in Stoneham township, Chippewa County. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City.
In 1950, he graduated from Clara City High School and went on to attend college at St. Olaf. When his father became critically ill, he returned home to help with the farm. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of sergeant in the Korean War. Wendel was part of the 7th Infantry, 31st Regiment and received numerous combat service medals He was honorably discharged in November, 1954.
Wendel married Betty Stark on June 10, 1956, at Salem Lutheran Church in Montevideo. Together they farmed and raised their family in the Clara City area. He was active as a 4-H leader and at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Family was important to Wendel and Betty and they always looked forward to attending their grandchildren's Christmas programs, concerts, recitals and sporting events.
After retiring from farming, Wendel and Betty loved traveling throughout the United States and especially enjoyed their trips to Alaska, Hawaii and a cruise through the Panama Canal. Central to Wendel's life was his strong and abiding faith in God. He looked forward to his daily devotions and Bible study.
He is survived by his children, Randy (and Julie) Pieper and Tom (and Diane) Pieper, all of Clara City, Cindy Moy, of Hopkins, and Amy DeBoer, of Spicer; grandchildren, Kelly (and Caleb) Kirk, Dillon (and Rebecca) Pieper, Rebecca Pieper, Jason Huntley, David (and Francis) Huntley, Luke Pieper, Emma Pieper, Matthew DeBoer, Leah DeBoer, Molly (and Jake) Kovacs and Maya Moy; great-grandchildren; sister, Eleanor Sandquist; brothers-in-law, Bernie (and De) Stark and Robert Stark; and extended family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Arline; and his wife of 57 years, Betty .